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The History of Mr. Polly


Published January 3, 2012


LibriVox recording of The History of Mr. Polly, by H. G. Wells (1866-1946). Read by Adrian Praetzellis.

A funny and touching account of the imaginative Mr. Polly who, bored and trapped in his conventional life, makes a U-turn –- and changes everything.

H.G. Wells’ early life as the son of a semi-insolvent shopkeeper and as a draper’s apprentice fueled his novels of the lower middle class: The Wheels of Chance (1896), Kipps (1905), and The History of Mr. Polly (1910). These works evoke the desperation of apprentices, clerks, and small traders in their monotonous toil behind shop counters. And, like Mr. Polly, his protagonists make a break from their mundane lives with more or less success.

H. G. Wells (1866-1946) was a prolific writer in history, general and science fiction, and politics. He was a lifelong socialist. (Summary by Adrian Praetzellis)

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Reviewer: Montez - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 30, 2012
Subject: Delightful Reading
The reading and characterisation is perfect.

The life we live may become a trap. Courage to escape may come from unforeseen directions.

Mr. Polly gradually grows into a person who we can understand if not necessarily admire.
All this (and more) from Adrian Praetzellis's rich interpretation.

Thank you.

Montez
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